So I started a rather harmless(?) public event on Facebook: I’m moving from Facebook to Google Plus. (Shameless self promotion!) Almost inevitably, the topic of personal information sharing came up: a random Facebook user said that they did not trust Google with their information, and wasn’t very trusting of Facebook with their info either. This particular individual changed their until-then exposed last name just minutes after posting this, and their profile picture is still of their child.
“I’m not comfortable divulging my information with Facebook,” says the person whose profile picture is of their toddler.
Does anyone really think about this anymore? Has “I’m not comfortable giving out my private information” become such a tired phrase that people just say it to hear themselves talk? I was and still am a little shocked that someone who had their entire curriculum vitae posted under their information, multiple pictures of their child(!)— who has joined the ranks of the other 92% of toddlers that have a social media presence thanks to mom and dad — and an extensive and publically available list of their friends, interests, and other various nuances might have enough screws loose to say with any amount of conviction that they were “uncomfortable sharing personal information.”